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Nuclear Powered Cars & Other Great Ideas

Discussion in 'Consumer Affairs' started by Revoltingest, Jul 7, 2019.

  1. Revoltingest

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    An entertaining look at all the now loony looking applications
    of nuclear power from the minds of 1950s futurists.
     
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  2. Revoltingest

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    An interesting account of the Chernobyl disaster...
     
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    I remember reading about some of those projects, yes they were a wee bit before my time, but I loved history of technology, and so was aware of them.

    Plus, I devoured Robert Heinlein's early books, many of which featured atomic powered rockets. Most notable, and detail driven, was Rocket Ship Galileo. But The Rolling Stones also featured atomic rockets, it was simply less central to the story.

    I have often lamented, that thorium was not experimented with more-- I well understand the reasoning back in the Cold War days-- uranium based plants, had a lovely and desirable by-product: weaponizing uranium, whereas thorium did not.

    Perhaps the indomitable Russians, will come up with a solution. Although, to be sure, it'll involve the loss of life as is their habit; they do seem more caviler about such things than we (Westerners) do.
     
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    Nuclear powered cars... what exactly could be wrong with that idea, just imagine some teenagers, drunk drivers or a police chase. :D
     
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    Quite a bit of misinformation there. For example the Elephants Foot is not eating its way down. Thunderf00t did a few videos on this without all of the hysteria:






     
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    Yes but the futurists have it correct now. Back then they didnt know as much as they do now today, so now they really know accurately of whats ahead in the future. Thats why the right now is the smartest. Ok 5 seconds past so right now is the smartest. Oops another 5 seconds has passed that 15 seconds ago is so stupid hahaha what were they thinking.

    And so it goes...
     
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    Nuclear powered cars are technologically possible and could also be done safely. But they can’t be both of those and also be economically feasible. More importantly, why bother when there are ready alternatives?

    On the other hand, nuclear power generation should be revisited. Advances in dry micro-reactor design have been great.
     
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    It will require far greater care than prior efforts.
    Do you think politicians you see in government
    are up to the task?
     
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    Heinlein's books that were referred to as his "juvenile works" were some of the first written science fiction I ever read. Space Cadet featured orbital platforms containing atomic bombs that were intended as deterrents.

    I read everyone of those I could get my hands on then I graduated myself to some of his later, more complex works. I remember reading Stranger in a Strange Land when I was 10. In retrospect, I must give a lot of credit to my reading choices to a more open consideration of new ideas.
     
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    What about hover boards? When do we get those?
     
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    In an aside, they do not have engineers like the blonde with the Geiger counter in my dojo.
     
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  12. Estro Felino

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    Excellent TV show...though.
    I watched it in Italian...all episodes but #3
    Episode 3 is really really unwatchable because of the people dying from the radiations.
    I decided not to watch that episode.
     
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  13. Revoltingest

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    Great name for an atomic car....
    The new Chernomobile!
     
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    Haven't you ever read the disclaimer at the bottom of your screen?
    "Objects on screen are uglier than they appear."
     
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    The politicians will follow the will of the people. If we the people can overcome irrational fear and ignorance about nuclear power we can have clean and safe nuclear power.
     
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    Can you believe that in Enrico Fermi's homeland no nuclear power is produced?
    Because Chernobyl traumatized Italians who shut down all plants...even if these had high safety standards.
     
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  17. Revoltingest

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    The will of the people has no expertise in system design.
    It blindly trusts leaders to do things on our behalf.
    As we saw with their regulating nuclear power,
    pooches were screwed.
    Technology has improved, but implementation is subject
    to leadership which dictates design parameters...shortcuts
    & compromises.
    So again, the question remains....
    Do we trust the leaders we see to manage nuclear power?

    Issues....
    Safe reactor design.
    Safe waste containment (not disposal).
    Cost effectiveness.Cost effectiveness.
     
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    Were standards high?
    How would this be known?
     
  19. Estro Felino

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    Compared to Chernobyl?
    Very high
     
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    They should cover the blades of wind turbines with solar panels, and boost the energy output.
    What a jolly good idea!
     
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